GCC Investment in an Era of Digital Transformation

11th and 12th March 2020
Ritz Carlton and Jumeirah Hotels
Manama, Bahrain

About Gateway Gulf Investor Forum

The Gulf region is undergoing an exciting economic transformation - one characterized by a period of low oil prices which catalyzed a shift in the role of government from operator to regulator. This has been followed by a wave of unprecedented reform designed to drive investment and private sector-led development. As governments across the Region turn towards the private sector as the primary engine of sustainable economic growth, this period is one in which opportunities - previously inaccessible to the private sector - are being opened to business as never before.

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, we welcome you to the exclusive and invite-only Gateway Gulf – Bahrain 2020.


The forum will bring together 500+ global investors and CEOs from a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, real estate, tourism, housing, power, water, transport, public works and manufacturing.


The conference will feature high-level plenary and panel discussions with some of the most influential leaders from government, global/sovereign investors and multinational corporates, focused on identifying GCC economic opportunities, debating the challenges and uncovering ways to "invest in an era of digital transformation".


Situated in the Business Bay in Manama, Bahrain's capital city, the Ritz Carlton and Jumeirah Hotels will play host to the Gateway Gulf Investor Forum - Bahrain 2020.

Welcome To Bahrain

“You only have to ask the investors that have established here. How much they’ve grown, how much they’ve enjoyed their presence here, and how lucrative it has been for them”
H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board
This inaugural event aims to:


Investors about the current and upcoming opportunities.


Investor understanding in the $1.5 trillion GCC market.


Investment in and trade with the GCC and Bahrain.
Why Attend?

The Forum will be a major milestone in showcasing the GCC Regional opportunity, and revealing how and why the Vision 2030s across the Region can and will be realized.

Sectoral Workshops


A selection of the outstanding speakers from the 2018 edition

2020’s anticipated speaker list coming soon


The 2018 Programme at a glance

Unlocking the GCC Puzzle

Where are the opportunities to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts in the GCC? How can cooperation and integration on trade benefit from building on national strengths? Which areas of specialisation are most promising for Bahrain and other Gulf economies? The plenary session will feature results from an exclusive survey of leading businesses and investors about the GCC, conducted by YouGov.

Vision and Reality: Economic Goals for a Decade

All of the Gulf economies have set ambitious economic goals for the next decade, looking towards 2030. What are the roadmaps to achieving the visions?

Tech Transformation and Industry 4.0

In order to drive productivity improvements and achieve target economic growth rates, the Gulf economies must embrace technology and the transformative change it brings. The plenary session will include exclusive research commissioned for Gateway Gulf from Nest VC.

The Most Important Capital – Human Capital

Quality education and training provide the foundation for a healthy, modern economy. What are the key requirements to improve workforce skills in the Gulf economies?

One Belt, One Road

China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative is an ambitious plan to jumpstart connectivity and cooperation between East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and East Africa. How does the GCC’s central position on this new Silk Road conjure new opportunities for investment and trade?

Teaching Elephants to Dance – Are Governments Becoming Friend, Not Foe to Investors?

Each of the Gulf economies has embarked on efforts to streamline decision making and open doors for investors, trying to shed previous reputations of being slow, opaque and bureaucratic. How real are the changes and what further reforms and improvements are planned?

Major GCC Investment
Opportunities by Sector

Sectoral sessions will feature exclusive insights into investment portfolios, including early stage projects revealed for the first time. Participants will explore investment-ready projects in Bahrain and the GCC in an open format allowing for constructive business exchanges with regional and global investors.

Real estate, tourism & housing
Oil & gas
Transport & public works
Power & water
Special real estate projects

About Bahrain EDB

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate. The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment. The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, logistics and transport.


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